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Returning service member care

We are grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to fight terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other places around the world. If you have served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn, please contact us with any inquiries about our health care services

Care we provide at VA Ann Arbor health care

We can help you access service and benefit programs tailored to the needs of returning service members, including:

  • Polytrauma care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mental health care
  • Counseling
  • Family benefits counseling
  • Referral assistance

Enhanced Benefits for OEF/OIF Veterans

  • Five years cost-free heathcare for conditions possibly related to your deployment including all services such as:
    • Doctor visits
    • Specialty care including Mental Health, Orthopedics, Neurology, Audiology & Dermatology
    • Women’s Health
    • Nurse visits
    • Medications
    • Physical & occupational therapy
    • Surgery
    • Vocational rehabilitation
    • and more ...
  • No formal service connected disability or proof of injury required for free care
  • Dental exam, cleaning and any reasonably necessary dental care if not received with 90 days of separation AND requested from VA within 180 days of separation from active duty.

Special Eligibility and Coordination of Care for Combat Veterans Serving in Combat Theater After 11/11/1998- Returning Servicemembers (OEF/OIF/OND)

The Post-9/11 Transition and Care Management Program offers transitional assistance, case management and outreach services to all Veterans who have served after September 11, 2001 in their transition to civilian life. For more information about the various programs available for recent returning service members, log on to the Returning Servicemembers web site.

Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations also have special eligibility for VA health care. Under the "Combat Veteran" authority VA provides cost-free health care services and nursing home care for conditions possibly related to military service and enrollment in Priority Group 6 or higher for 5 years from the date of discharge or release from active duty, unless eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group.

Combat Veterans who enroll with VA under this enhanced Combat Veteran authority will continue to be enrolled even after their enhanced eligibility period ends, although they may be shifted to Priority Group 7 or 8, depending on their income level, and required to make applicable copays. Additionally, for care not related to combat service, copays may be required depending on their financial assessment and other special eligibility factors.

NOTE: The 5-year enrollment period applicable to these Veterans begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date.

Connect with a care coordinator


Aleece Austin LMSW

Returning Veterans in Mental Health Case Manager

VA Ann Arbor health care

Phone: 419-973-0847


Steven Friday LMSW

Post 9/11 M2VA Case Manager/Patient Advocate

VA Ann Arbor health care

Phone: 734-222-7920


Aaron Goldsmith LMSW

TBI / Polytrauma Coordinator & M2VA Case Manager

VA Ann Arbor health care

Phone: 734-845-5485


Elizabeth Hannon

Elizabeth Hannon LISW-S, BCD

Serving Returning Veterans - Mental Health Case Manager

VA Ann Arbor health care

Phone: 419-213-7578


Deb Hinson

Deborah Hinson LMSW, ACSW, CCM

Post 9/11 Military to VA Case Management Program Manager

VA Ann Arbor health care

Phone: (734) 845-3787


Dan Leonard

Daniel Leonard LMSW

Post 9/11 M2VA Case Manager

VA Ann Arbor health care

Phone: 734-222-7108


Brittany Tyrrell

Brittany Tyrrell LMSW

College & University Outreach Program Case Manager

VA Ann Arbor health care

Phone: 734-548-3452


Vet Centers

Vet Centers are counseling centers that help Veterans readjust after deployment. The Vet Center in Dearborn  provides counseling for individuals, groups, married couples, and families. They also provide guidance and referrals for other VA and community resources.

Learn more about Vet Centers